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Ranking The Beatles' official studio albums
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Hello! My list is based on the original UK LPs released during their time together (excludes The Oldies But Goldies compilation):

1. Rubber Soul The transition from a singles group who made nice albums to an album band who put out great singles. They were never cooler.

2. A Hard Day's Night Entirely self-penned, brimming with romance and never was the sheer joie de vivre of Beatlemania better captured.

3. Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band: A pristine time capsule which still unfurls like a Victorian Fairground.

4. Abbey Road Pulled out all the stops for their last hurrah with a polished slice of genius.

5. Revolver Fascinating diagonal step into new territory, but pulling in two directions with John & George's jangly acid vs Paul's consummate vignettes.

6. The Beatles: Sprawling smorgasbord of contrasting styles. A bizarre patchwork quilt of lunacy and genius, seasoned with nonsense and brilliance.

7. Help !: A game of two halves: side one chock full of melody and angst, their best to date. Diluted by a flipside of mostly filler plus the inescapable "Yesterday ".

8. Beatles For Sale : Weary fabs serve up a jaded offering padded out with (even then) dated cover versions.

9. Please Please Me Touchingly fresh and zinging with cheek and energy. They were still wet behind the ears.

10. With The Beatles To a degree replicates its predecessor, but lacks PPM 's startling novelty factor.

11. Let It Be Disappointingly ragged coda, riddled with polished up outtakes and blurred by the fingerprints of Spector and the shadow of Klein.

12. Yellow Submarine A glorified EP fleshed out by George Martin. 

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TheWalrusWasBrian said

12. With The Beatles

No favorite song on With The Beatles ?a-hard-days-night-george-10

I was going to make an album ranking-- I swear I tried-- but it's too hard, I can't choose between them. Maybe someday.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Oh, that was quite a while ago, wasn't it? I need to update.

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TheWalrusWasBrian said
I feel like I already did this. 

But why not? This is fun. I'll put in some extra effort by putting my favourite from the album in brackets.

1. Revolver [I'm Only Sleeping ]

2. Sgt Pepper 's. [A Day In The Life ]

3. Please, Please Me [Twist And Shout ]

4. White Album [Don't Pass Me By ]

5. Magical Mystery Tour [Strawberry Fields Forever

6. Abbey Road [Oh! Darling ]

7. Help ! [Help !]

8. Rubber Soul [In My Life ]

9. Beatles For Sale [I'm A Loser ]

10. Hard Day's Night [Can't Buy Me Love ]

11. Let It Be [I Me Mine ]

12. With The Beatles  [All My Loving ]

13. Yellow Submarine [Hey Bulldog ]

 

*I love all these albums, no offense to any of them*  

Making an update (all my favourite songs are still the same, i believe)-

1. Revolver

2. Sgt. Pepper 's

3. Rubber Soul

4. Please Please Me

5. The White Album

6. Help !

7. Magical Mystery Tour

8. Abbey Road

9.  A Hard Days Night

10. Beatles For Sale

11. Let it Be

12. With The Beatles

13. Yellow Submarine

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Okay I hate to say this because now I feel like the most whiney nitpicky person ever but: Beatles For Sale doesn't exist anymore? a-hard-days-night-paul-10

As for All My Loving : Good choice. I think that's like #3 on the album for me. Great John guitar. ahdn_george_08

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I can't be trusted to make lists goddang it. 

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Me though. I always have to check everything over like four times before I post lists. Especially numbered lists.

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Beatles For Sale is the best album pre-Rubber Soul in my opinion. A Hard Days Night is a close second. 

"The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles!"

-Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues

"We could ride and surf together while our love would grow"

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My four favorites are Help , Rubber Soul , A Hard Day's Night , and Revolver .

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Revolver is my favorite 

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a-hard-days-night-paul-7My favorite one is Sgt. Pepper ,then Abbey Road /Rubber Soul /Revolver (it's sooooo hard to choose among them )

Maybe I'll come up with the whole ranking later after going through all the albums...

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ScarlettFieldsForever said
a-hard-days-night-paul-7My favorite one is Sgt. Pepper ,then Abbey Road /Rubber Soul /Revolver (it's sooooo hard to choose among them )

Maybe I'll come up with the whole ranking later after going through all the albums...  

Have you listened to them all yet @ScarlettFieldsForever ?

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50yearslate said

Have you listened to them all yet @ScarlettFieldsForever ?  

I have,only recently——I just think that it takes me more time to determine my preference.

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ScarlettFieldsForever said

I have,only recently——I just think that it takes me more time to determine my preference.  

Same here. I've more or less listened to nothing but these 13 (yes, I'm counting YS and MMT) albums in the past year, excepting a few solo albums and a one-time listen-through of O&O, in the past year and I still can' figure out a proper ranking. 🙂

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My opinion has changed quite a bit since the last time i did this so i'm going to redo it:

13. Let It Be

12. Help !

11. Magical Mystery Tour

10. Beatles For Sale

9. With The Beatles

8. Please Please Me

7. A Hard Day's Night

6. Yellow Submarine

5. Rubber Soul

4. Revolver

3. Abbey Road

2. The BEATLES

1. Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band

It might surprise you that i placed Yellow Submarine so high but when you think about it, the only bad track on the album is All Together Now . Both the Beatles songs and the score are great and i feel the only reason i (and possibly everybody) placed it so low in the past is because of all the annoying things about the release but when you ignore all of those and credit solely based on the quality of the songs, you realize how great it actually is.

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That same argument is what puts Let It Be high up on my list 

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13. Yellow Submarine (A great A-Side , would have been a great album if not for the George Martin scores on the B-Side. Although ANOTHER All You Need Is Love is not appreciated)

12.A Hard Day's Night (I might get hate for this, but I just don't LOVE the style of songs on this album. And I Love Her is great. I've grown to really like A Hard Day's Night If I Fell and I'll Cry Instead are two of my favorites. But the overall album lacks)

11.Beatles For Sale (Love pretty much every song on this album, just not as much as others)

10. With The Beatles (Just edges out Beatles For Sale )

9. Let It Be (Across The Universe is probably my favorite Beatles track, The anthology version that is,  this version is great though. I really feel like this album could have been great. I,Me,Mine, is a standout but IMO Phil Spector ruined The Long And Winding Road , the naked version is MUCH better. Let It Be has never been a favorite of mine. They have developed as songwriters and the songs themselves are better but it really lacks the feel of other albums. It seems like they are uninterested and aren't really trying)

8. Rubber Soul (Love the album and it really has some classics on there, no bad songs, just not better than the rest of these albums)

7. Please Please Me ( I really contemplated putting this above Rubber Soul but it's such a great album. John's vocals really carry this album. LOVE It. Anna(Go To Him) is one of my favorite Beatle songs and really this whole album is fantastic)

6. Help ! (Really shows the progress the Beatles were making as songwriters. Help , Ticket To Ride and Yesterday and all in my top ten favorites. And The rest of the album is Amazing as well)

5. Magical Mystery Tour (A fantastic album. IMO contains better individual songs than Sgt. Pepper )

4. Sgt. Pepper (A full album experience with some masterpieces on it. Fixing A Hole and Lovely Rita are very fun and underrated. She's Leaving Home and A Day In The Life are PERFECT)

3. Abbey Road  

2. Revolver

1. The White Album

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Very interesting ranking there. I am hurt that AHDN is so low, but it's balanced out by the White Album being on top a-hard-days-night-john-6Would love to hear your reasons.

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QuarryMan said
Very interesting ranking there. I am hurt that AHDN is so low, but it's balanced out by the White Album being on top a-hard-days-night-john-6Would love to hear your reasons.

  

Sorry, I was in class while I was making this list and I had to finish it quick haha. I'll do my my reasons that I didn't get to.

3. Abbey Road (Fantastic album with every individual song being great and unique in it's in own way. The B- Side is amazing as well. Maxwell Silver Hammer and Octopus's Garden aren't my favorites however. And I do love the medley, Just not as good as some other B-Sides of The Beatles. It is fantastic.. but not having great individual songs hurt it)

2. Revolver ( A MASTERPIECE of an album. The album flows together very nicely. Eleanor Rigby is Gorgeous. I'm Only Sleeping is one of my favorites. There really isn't a song on this album that isn't fantastic. My least favorite would be Dr.Robert.. but it's still fantastic)

1.  The White Album ( So much great music on this album. I've heard people say some of the album is filler. I disagree, the album flows extremely well. The variety of music is amazing. Contains masterpieces like WMGGW , Happiness Is A Warm Gun , Long,Long,Long, Helter Skelter , Blackbird , Dear Prudence and so many other that could be considered masterpieces. This album is always my most played. A great opening of a plane to a soft lullaby closing. Revolution 9 is so avant garde. It really is just art and I love it. This album is just perfect)

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